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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Symphony No.1 in F major, Op.10 by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic. Recorded December 14, 1971 at Philharmonic Hall, New York City. Originally issued as Columbia Masterworks M-31307 in 1973. Transfer from the 1983 reissue CBS Records Masterworks Portrait stereo LP MP-38750 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Bernstein, Symphony
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Chamber Symphony, Op.110a by Dimitri Shostakovich. (Transcription of Shostakovich's String Quartet No.8 for chamber orchestra by Rudolf Barshai.) I Musici De Montreal conducted by Yuli Turovsky. Five movements played without interruption: Largo, Allegro molto, Allegretto, Largo, Largo. Recorded in the Church of St. Pierre Ap ôtre, Montreal in August 1984. Transfer from the original Chandos LP ABRD 1120 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Chamber Symphony, Turovsky
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Quartet No. 15 in E flat minor, Op. 144 (1974) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. In six movements linked together: Elegy :   Adagio   – Serenade :   Adagio   – Intermezzo :   Adagio   – Nocturne :   Adagio   – Funeral March :   Adagio molto   – Epilogue :   Adagio Released in 1976, Shostakovich assisted in the production of this recording before his...
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by Richard Rodgers
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Victory at Sea Volume I. Music by Richard Rogers. Arranged and conducted by Robert Russell Bennett with the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. This is an orchestral suite from the score for the early 50's NBC television production of the same name. Actually, Bennett contributed original music to the project beyond the 13 themes Rogers provided but Rodgers gets the composer credit nevertheless. This is the 1959 second recording of the score, which expanded to three volumes issued by RCA Victor....
Topics: Rodgers, Bennett, Layton, Victory at Sea
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by Giuseppe Verdi
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Solenne in quest'ora (Swear in this hour) by Giuseppe Verdi. From La Forza del Destino. Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957), tenor and Giuseppe De Luca (1876-1950), baritone. Recorded February 24, 1927. This is an early electrical recording. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 12" disc 8069 (A side)  by Bob Varney.
Topics: Solenne, Verdi, Gigli, De Luca, Victor, 78
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 14 in F sharp minor, Op. 142 (1972-73) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1975, this was the first recording in what would become the first complete recording of all 15 quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 4 in D major, Op. 83 (1949) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1977. The Fitzwilliam Quartet was the first group to record all 15 of Shostakovich's string quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo LP DSLO 23 by...
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by Georges Bizet
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Overture, Patrie by Georges Bizet (1838-1875). Andre Cluytens conducting the Orchestre National De La Radiodiffusion Francaise. Recorded in 1954 in the Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris. Bizet composed this work in 1873 as a reflection on the Franco-Prussian War from a few years earlier. Transferred from the original Angel mono LP 35119 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Bizet, Patrie, Cluytens
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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Symphony No. 4 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vaclav Neumann. Recorded at the House of Artists in Prague from August 23 - 26, 1977. Transfer from the original Supraphon stereo/quadraphonic LP 1410 2771/2 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Martinu, Neumann, Czech, Supraphon, Symphony
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Symphony No.5, Op.47 by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York (The New York Philharmonic). Recorded in New York City in October, 1958. Transfer from the original Everest stereo LP SDBR-3010 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Stokowski, symphony, Everest
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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Inventions, H.234 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vaclav Neumann. Emil Leichner, piano. Recorded at the House of Artists in Prague March 3 & 4, 1977. Transfer from the original Pro-Arte / Supraphon stereo LP PAL-1006 by Bob Varney.  
Topics: Martinu, Neumann, Leichner, Supraphon
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by Mozart
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Blonda's Aria from the opera Il Seraglio by Wolfgang Mozart (1756-1791). Lily Pons (1898-1976), soprano with the orchestra conducted by G. Cloez. Transfer from the original Decca Personality Series 78 XXP 6925 by Bob Varney. Recorded circa 1932.
Topics: Seraglio, Mozart, Pons, 78, Opera
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by Benjamin Britten
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Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op.13 by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Sviatoslav Richter, piano with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Britten. Recorded in London in 1971. Transfer from the original London stereo LP CS 6723 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Richter, Britten, Piano, Concerto
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by Leos Janacek
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Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orchestra by Leos Janacek (1854-1928). The Caramoor Festival Orchestra, Julius Rudel, conductor, Hilde Somer, piano. Recorded in 1966. Transfer from the original Desto stereo LP DST-6427 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Concertino, Janacek, Caramoor, Rudel
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by Claude Debussy
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Children's Corner Suite (abridged) by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the Stadium Symphony of New York (the New York Philharmonic). Recorded in New York City in 1959 using Everest Records' technique of using 35 mm film stock as a recording medium. There are only three of the six movements here as I believe this was filler for what is a mostly Prokofiev album. Debussy doesn't even get a credit on the album cover. Included are: Jumbo's Lullaby, Little Shepard,...
Topics: Debussy, Stokowski, Everest
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by Aaron Copland
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Dance Symphony by Aaron Copland (1900-1990). The composer conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, Recorded in London in 1969 and part of Columbia's "Copland Conducts Copland" series of recordings. Three movements: (1) Introduction: lento; molto allegro, (2) Andante moderato, (3) Allegro vivo. Transfer from the original Columbia stereo LP MS 7223 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Copland, Dance, Symphony, LSO
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 92 (1952) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. In three movements played continuously: Allegro non troppo - Andante - Moderato.  Released in 1978. The Fitzwilliam Quartet was the first group to record all 15 of Shostakovich's string quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the...
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by Bela Bartok
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String Quartet No. Six by Bela Bartok. The Tatrai String Quartet: Vilmos Tatrai, first violin, Mihaly Szucs, second violin, Jozsef Ivanyi, viola, Ede Banda, violincello. Recorded in 1967. Transfer from the Dover stereo LP HCR-ST-7274 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Bartok, Tatrai, Quartet
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by Benjamin Britten
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Four Sea Interludes, Op.33a and Passacaglia, Op.33a (both from the opera Peter Grimes) by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). The interludes are named: Dawn - Sunday Morning - Moonlight - Storm. André Previn conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in London in 1976 in stereo/quadraphonic. Transferred from the original Angel LP S-37142 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Interludes, Grimes, Passacaglia, Britten, Previn, Angel, quadraphonic
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by Charles Ives
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Second Orchestral Set by Charles Ives (1874-1954). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (Chorus Master: Arthur Oldham). Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London on June 22-23, 1970. Transfer from the London "Phase 4 Stereo Concert Series" LP SPC 21060 by Bob Varney. The three movements are titled as follows: 1. An Elegy to Our Forefathers 2. The Rockstrewn Hills Join In the People's Outdoor Meeting 3. From Hanover Square North at the End of a...
Topics: Ives, Orchestral Set, London
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Cello Concerto No.1 in E-flat major, Op.107 by Dimitri Shostakovich. Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mstislav Rostropovich, cello; Mason Jones, solo horn. Recorded November 8, 1959 at the Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia. This is the second recording of the concerto, the first (also by Rostropovich) having been made only a month before in Moscow. Transfer from the CBS Records Masterworks Portrait LP MP 38750 by Bob Varney. (Originally released as MS 6124.)
Topics: Shostakovich, Rostropovich, Ormandy, Philadelphia, Cello
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by Franz Schubert
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Symphony No. 8 - Unfinished by Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828). Bruno Walter (1876 - 1962) conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recorded March 2, 1947 in the Academy of Music, Philadelphia. Transfer from the original Columbia Masterworks 78 set MM-699 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Schubert, symphony, unfinished. Walter, Philadelphia, 78
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122 (1966) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1978. The Fitzwilliam Quartet was the first group to record all 15 of Shostakovich's string quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo LP DSLO 28 by...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, Quartet, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Constant Lambert
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Les Patineurs (The Skaters) - Ballet by Constant Lambert (1905-1951). Robert Irving (1913-1991) conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Lambert adapted and arranged extracts from two operas by Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) for this ballet score: L'Etoile du Nord and Le Prophete. Recorded in London circa 1953. Transfer from the original London mono LP LL 651 by Bob Varney.
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Topics: Lambert, Irving, Patineurs, Meyerbeer, ballet
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by George Gershwin
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Highlights from Porgy and Bess. George Gershwin. Lawrence Tibbett (Porgy), Helen Jepson (Bess) with Alexander Smallens and Nathaniel Shilkret conducting the orchestra and chorus from the original Broadway production. This was the premier recording of music from Porgy and Bess and was recorded in October, 1935, just days after the New York City premier. Note that Tibbett and Jepson were white. For recordings with original cast members, see Decca's records from the early '40s or Columbia's...
Topics: Gershwin, Porgy, Bess, Tibbett, Jepson, Smallens, Shilkret, 78, opera
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by Georges Bizet
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Symphony in C Major by Georges Bizet (1838-1875). Andre Cluytens conducting the Orchestre National De La Radiodiffusion Francaise. Recorded in 1954 in the Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris. Bizet composed this work in 1855 as a student assignment project when he was only 17 years old. He never pursued its publication. The manuscript was not discovered until 1933. Transferred from the original Angel mono LP 35119 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Bizet, Cluytens, Symphony
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by Maurice Ravel
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Daphnis and Chloe: Ballet in One Act by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Charles Munch (1891-1968) conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Robert Shaw (1908-1999) directing the New England Conservatory Chorus and Alumni Chorus. Andy Warhol did several of the drawings found in the liner notes for this album. He was a commercial illustrator during the 50's and designed many album covers as well. Recorded in Boston in 1955. Transfer from the RCA Victor mono LP LM-1893 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Daphnis, Chloe, Ravel, Munch, Boston, Shaw, Chorus
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108 (1960) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1975, this was the first recording in what would become the first complete recording of all 15 quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo LP...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartets
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 12 in D flat major, Op. 133 (1968) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1977. The Fitzwilliam Quartet was the first group to record all 15 of Shostakovich's string quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo LP DSLO...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, Quartet, Fitzwilliam, Quartet
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by Charles Ives
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The Things Our Fathers Loved. A collection of 25 songs by Charles Ives from record III of the Charles Ives 100th Anniversary set of five records issued by Columbia Masterworks in 1974. Many are recorded here for the first time. Helen Boatwright, soprano and John Kirkpatrick, piano. Transfer from the original Columbia Masterworks stereo set M4 32504 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Ives, Anniversary, Songs, Boatwright, Kirkpatrick
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49 (1938) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Recorded in December 1977 and released in 1979. The Fitzwilliam Quartet was the first group to record all 15 of Shostakovich's string quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, String Quartet
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by Mozart
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Quintet in D Major for Strings, K.593 by Mozart. Milton Katmins, viola with the Budapest String Quartet. Recorded December 12 & 13, 1946 at the Liederkranz Hall in New York City. Transferred from the original Columbia 78 set MM-708 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Mozart, Quintet, Strings, Budapest, Columbia, 78
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by Joseph Haydn
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Symphony No, 55 in E flat major (Schoolmaster) by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra conducted by Sir Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). A live performance recorded at the Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk, England on June 19th, 1956. Transfer from the original London mono LP LL 1640 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Haydn, Symphony, Schoolmaster, Britten
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by Sergei Prokofiev
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Piano Concerto No.3 in C Major by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953). Van Cliburn (1934-2013), piano, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Walter Hendl. Recorded in 1961 in Chicago. Lewis Layton, responsible for many of RCA's "Living Stereo" recordings, was the recording engineer. Transfer from the original RCA Victor stereo LP LSC-2507 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Prokofiev. piano, concerto, Chicago, RCA, Cliburn, Hendl
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by Richard Rodgers
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Victory at Sea Volume III. Symphonic suite composed by Richard Rodgers for the NBC early 50's television series "Victory at Sea". Arranged for orchestra by Robert Russell Bennett and with Mr. Bennett conducting the Victory at Sea Orchestra. RCA may have gone a bit over the top with the added sound effects here, but this third record allowed RCA to issue all of the music used in this much watched TV series. Transfer from the original 1961 RCA Victor mono LP LM-2523 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Victory at Sea, Rodgers, Bennett
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by Benjamin Britten
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Sinfonia da Requiem, Op.20 by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Andr é Previn conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in London in 1976 and it's a stereo/quadraphonic recording. Transfer from the original Angel LP S-37142 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Britten, Previn, London Symphony Orchestra, quadraphonic
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by Verdi - von Weber
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Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) Conducts: Invitation to the Dance by Carl Maria von Weber and Overture to La Forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi. Recorded circa 1954, probably in Carnegie Hall in NYC. Issued on a single 7" red vinyl "45 Extended Play" by RCA Victor. In the 50's, record companies issued music in many genres on 45s. A 7" 45 can hold up to 10 minutes of music on a single side. Transfer from the original RCA 45 rpm single ERA-125 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Toscanini, Verdi, von Weber, RCA, 45
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by Giacomo Puccini
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Ah Mimi, tu piu (Ah Mimi, false one) from Act IV of La Boheme by Puccini. Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957), tenor and Giuseppe De Luca (1876-1950), baritone. Recorded February 24, 1927. This is an early electrical recording. Transfer from the original Victor Red Seal 12" disc 8069 (B side)  by Bob Varney.
Topics: Gigli, De Luca, Boheme, Puccini, Victor, 78, Piu
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by Bela Bartok
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Violin Concerto No. 2 by Bela Bartok (1881-1945). Isaac Stern (1920-2001), violin with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). Recorded on January 26th, 1958 at Columbia's 30th St. Studio in New York City. Transfer from the original Columbia Masterworks stereo LP MS 6002 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Bartok, violin, Stern, Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, Columbia
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by Sir Edward Elgar
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Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op.47 and Serenade for Strings in E Minor, Op.20 by Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934). The Solo Quartet: Rodney Friend and John Willison, violins; John Chambers, viola; Alexander Cameron, cello. (This is the B side of Paul Tortelier's recording of Elgar's cello concerto.) The serenade is in three movements: Allegro piacevole, Larghetto, and Allegretto. Transfer from the original Angel stereo LP S-37029 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Solo, Quarrtet, Strings, Elgar, Angel
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by Joseph Haydn
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Symphony No.101 in D major, "The Clock" by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). Howard Barlow (1892-1972) conducting the Columbia Broadcasting Symphony. Recorded in New York City on July 8, 1940. Transfer from the original Columbia 78 set M-459 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Haydn, Symphony, Clock, Barlow, Columbia, 78
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by Charles Ives
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Ives Plays Ives. Record four from the five record set "Charles Ives the 100th Anniversary" issued by Columbia Masterworks in 1974. These solo piano recordings were made in London and New York City in 1933, 1938 and 1943. The quality of the recordings varies considerably. Some of these pieces were being recorded (and issued here) for the first time. Transfer from the Columbia Masterworks stereo set M4 32504 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Ives, piano, Columbia
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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Symphony No. 3 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vaclav Neumann. Recorded at the House of Artists in Prague from October 14 - 18, 1977. Transfer from the original Supraphon stereo/quadraphonic LP 1410 2771/2 by Bob Varney.  
Topics: Martinu, Neumann, Symphony, Supraphon
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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Symphony No. 2 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vaclav Neumann. Recorded at the House of Artists in Prague from January 9 - 14, 1976. Transfer from the original Supraphon stereo/quadraphonic LP 1410 2096 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Martinu, Symphony, Neumann
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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Symphony No. 6 (Fantaisies Symphoniques) by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vaclav Neumann. Recorded at the House of Artists in Prague from January 9 - 14, 1976. Transfer from the original Supraphon stereo/quadraphonic LP 1410 2096 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Martinu, Neumann, Supraphon, Czech
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by Jean Sibelius
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Kullervo, Op. 7 by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paavo Berglund (1929-2012). The Helsinki University Men's Choir led by chorus master Ensti Pohjola. Solo parts by Raili Kostia, mezzo-soprano and Usko Viitanen, baritone. Recorded at the Southampton Guildhall, Southampton, United Kingdom in 1971. This was the premier recording of this work, which went nearly 70 years without a complete performance. Transfer from the original Angel stereo LP SB-3778 by...
Topics: Kullervo, Sibelius, Bournemouth, Berglund
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by Ignace Paderewski
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Golden Anniversary Album. Ignace Paderewski, piano. Issued to mark the 50th anniversary of Paderewski's first Carnegie Hall concert (November 17, 1891), it also coincided with his death in June, 1941. Apparently, Victor sent the five record set out to stores with only four records; the buyer could make the fifth record their choice from other Paderewski recordings. In my set, the wild card record was the Beethoven/Paderewski. Probably  a common choice as it was a best seller for him. The dates...
Topics: Paderewski, piano, anniversary, Carnegie, 78
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by Charles Ives
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The Many Faces of Charles Ives - Record One from the five-record set "Charles Ives the 100th Anniversary" issued by Columbia Masterworks in 1974. Transfer from the original Columbia Masterworks set M4 32504 by Bob Varney. Artists: Track 1: The New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Track 2: The New York String Quartet; Alvin Brahm, bass. Track 3: Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gunther Schuller. Track 4: Columbia Chamber Orchestra, Gregg Smith conducting. The Gregg Smith...
Topics: Ives, Columbia, Anniversary
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 10 in A flat major, Op. 118 (1964) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. This was the first recording of all 15 quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original 1979 L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo LP DSLO 30 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68 (1944) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Recorded in December 1977 and released in 1979. The Fitzwilliam Quartet was the first group to record all 15 of Shostakovich's string quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original...
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 117 (1964) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Five movements performed without pause: Moderato con moto, Adagio, Allegretto, Adagio, Allegro. This recording was released in 1979. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by JS Bach
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E. Power Biggs Plays Bach in the Thomaskirche. E. Power Biggs (1906-1977) performs organ works by J.S.Bach in St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig, Germany where Bach served as cantor for 27 years from 1723 to 1750. The church has a rich musical history that includes many notable composers and musicians over the centuries. Recorded in East Germany in 1971. Transfer from the original Columbia stereo LP KM-30648 by Bob Varney.    
Topics: Bach, Biggs, Organ, Thomaskirche, Columbia
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by Charles Ives
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Piano Sonata No. 1 (1902-1910) by Charles Ives (1874-1954). William Masselos (1920-1992), piano. Ives' sonata did not get a full performance in public until 1949 and Mr. Masselos was the artist. He is heard here in his 1967 recording of the work, his second. Transfer from the original stereo RCA Victor Red Seal LP LSC-2941 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Ives, Sonata, Masselos
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by Aaron Copland
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Short Symphony (Symphony No.2) by Aaron Copland (1900-1990). The composer conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, Recorded in London in 1969 and part of Columbia's "Copland Conducts Copland" series of recordings. This is the premier recording for this work. Transfer from the original Columbia stereo LP MS 7223 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Copland, Symphony, Columbia, LSO
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by Benjamin Britten
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Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op.15 by Benjamin Britten. Mark Lubotsky, violin with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Britten. Recorded in London in 1971. Transfer from the original London stereo LP CS 6723 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Violin, Britten, Lubotsky
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by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op.40 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943). Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-1995), piano, with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Ettore Gracis. Recorded in London in November, 1957. Transfer from the original Angel stereo LP S 35567 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Rachmaninoff, Michelangeli, Gracis, Concerto
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by Charles Ives
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Four works for chorus by Charles Ives (1874-1954). All four come from record II of the five-record set Charles Ives the 100th Anniversary issued by Columbia Masterworks in 1974. The Gregg Smith Singers with the Ithaca College Concert Choir. The American Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Recorded October 18, 1967 at the Manhattan Center in New York City. Transfer from the original Columbia Masterworks set M4 32504 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Ives, Stokowski, Smith, Columbia
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by J.S. Bach
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Bach Transcriptions. JS Bach. Orchestral transcriptions of Bach's works by Leopold Stokowski. Stokowski conducts the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. (Stoky was 90 at the time of this recording.) Recorded at the House of Artists in Prague on September 7 & 8, 1972. Recorded and processed in Phase 4 Stereo by Decca Records. (Phase 4 was Decca's rather gimmicky approach to stereo recording with individual instrument placement controlled through 20-track mixing.) Transfer done from the original...
Topics: Bach, Stokowski, London, Decca, Phase-4, Czech
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by Ezio Pinza
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Italian Songs of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Ezio Pinza (1892-1957), bass with Fritz Kitzinger, piano. Despite there being currently (2016) about 50 recordings on CD available by the greatest bass of the 20th Century, this recording is not among them, probably because of the very specialized material. Recorded in 1948. Transfer from the original RCA Victor 78 set M-766 by Bob Varney. More details: Lasciatemi morire = Let death now come : from Arianna / Monteverdi ; trans. by P. Floridia Alma...
Topics: Pinza, Kitzinger, RCA Victor, 78, Italian, bass
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by Claude Debussy
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Fifteen Piano Pieces by Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Walter Gieseking (1895-1956), piano. Recorded in 1954. Transfer from the original mono Angel LP 35026 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Debussy, Gieseking, piano, Angel
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by Charles Ives
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The Celestial Country by Charles Ives. The Gregg Smith Singers with the Columbia Chamber Orchestra; Gregg Smith, Conductor. From the five-record set "Charles Ives the 100th Anniversary" issued by Columbia Masterworks in 1974. Ives composed this lovely work beginning in 1897 when he was 23 years old. It premiered in 1902 at the Central Presbyterian Church in NYC. This recording was made at Columbia University's St. Paul's Chapel in NYC in March, 1972. Transfer from the original...
Topics: Ives, Smith, Columbia, Celestial
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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Symphony No. 5 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vaclav Neumann. Recorded at the House of Artists in Prague from September 25 - 28, 1978. Transfer from the original Supraphon stereo/quadraphonic LP 1410 2771/2 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Martinu, Neumann, Symphony, Czech, Supraphon
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by Ernesto Lecuona
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The Music of Ernesto Lecuona. Piano compositions by Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963). The First Piano Quartet: Adam Garner, Vladimir Padwa, Frank Mittler and Edward Edson. Active from 1941 until 1972, the quartet made many recordings, performed numerous concerts and even received an Academy Award nomination in 1954 for a movie short in which they appeared: "The First Piano Quartette". This recording dates from 1948. Transfer from the original RCA Victor 78 set CO 41 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Lecuona, piano, quartet, Garner, Padwa, Mittler, Edson, 78
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by Joseph Haydn
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Symphony No. 45 in F Sharp Minor "Farewell" by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). The Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra conducted by Sir Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Recorded from a live performance at the Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk, England on June 19th, 1956. Transfer from the original London mono LP LL 1640 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Haydn, symphony, farewell, Britten, Aldeburgh
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Piano Quintet in G minor, Op.57 by Dimitri Shostakovich. Clifford Bensen, piano and the Alberni String Quartet: Howard Davis, violin; Peter Pople, violin; Roger Best, viola; & David Smith, cello. Recorded in England in October, 1977. Transfer from the original CRD Records Limited stereo LP CRD 1051 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Bensen, Alberni, Quartet, Shostakovich, Quintet
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73 (1946) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1978. The Fitzwilliam Quartet was the first group to record all 15 of Shostakovich's string quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo LP DSLO 28 by...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Robert Wright & George Forrest
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Song of Norway. Operetta written by Robert Wright and George Forrest, adapted from the music of Edvard Grieg and the book by Milton Lazarus and Homer Curran. Original cast recording includes Lawrence Brooks, Helena Bliss, Robert Shafer and others from the original Broadway production. However, Kitty Carlisle filled in as the female lead, replacing Irra Petina who had contractual obligations to Columbia. Recorded in 1945. Transfer from the original six record Decca 78 set DA-382 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Song, Norway, Operetta, Carlisle, Decca, 78
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by Bohuslav Martinu
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Symphony No. 1 by Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959). The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vaclav Neumann. Recorded at the House of Artists in Prague from February 8 - 15, 1977. Transfer from the original ProArte / Supraphon stereo LP PAL-1006 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Martinu, Neumann, Symphony, Czech
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by Josef Hofmann
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Piano Recital. Josef Hofmann, piano. A collection of Duo-Art piano roll recordings by Hofmann made beginning in 1918. The Duo-Art recording and playback technique allowed the original performance to be heard nearly exactly as it was played. You could say it was the first method for high fidelity recording. Hofmann made approximately 60 of these piano rolls. Transfer from the Distinguished Recordings LP DR 105. Recorded circa 1960; the piano used for playback is not noted. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Piano, Hofmann, Duo-Art
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by Sir Benjamin Britten
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String Quartet No.1 in D major, Op.25 by Sir Benjamin Britten. The Alberni String Quartet: Howard Davis (violin), Peter Pople (violin), Roger Best (viola) and David Smith (cello). Recorded in England in October, 1977. Transfer from the original CRD Records stereo LP CRD 1051 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Quartet, Britten, Alberni
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by Richard Tucker
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Richard Tucker Sings Puccini. Richard Tucker (1913-1975), tenor with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fausto Cleva (1902-1971). Recorded in 1959. Transfer from the original Columbia Masterworks stereo LP MS 6094 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Puccini, Tucker, Cleva, Columbia
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Capriccio for Piano Left Hand and Chamber Orchestra by Leos Janacek (1854-1928). The Caramoor Festival Orchestra, Julius Rudel, conductor, Hilde Somer, piano. Recorded in 1966. Transfer from the original Desto stereo LP DST-6427 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Piano, Janacek, Rudel, Somer
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by Sir Edward Elgar
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Concerto in E Minor for Violoncello and Orchestra, Op.85 by Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934). Paul Tortelier (1914-1990), cello with Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983) conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded in London in 1973. Transfer from the original Angel stereo LP S-37029 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Elgar, Boult, Tortelier, Cello, Angel
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by Mozart
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Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No.13 for Strings in G Major, K.525) by Mozart. The Pro Arte Quartet with Claude Hobday, double bass. Recorded in 194_? Transfer from the original RCA Victor 12" 78 set M-428 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Nachtmusik, Mozart, Pro Arte, RCA Victor, 78, Hobday
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by Giuseppi Verdi
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Gilda's Aria from the opera Rigoletto by Giuseppi Verdi (1813-1901). Lily Pons (1898-1976), soprano with the orchestra conducted by G. Cloez. Transfer from the original Decca Personality Series 78 XXP 6832 by Bob Varney. Recorded circa 1932.
Topics: Pons, Verdi, Rigoletto, 78
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by Gabriel Fauré
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Elegie for Cello and Orchestra, Op.24 by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924). Janos Starker, cello, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Susskind, conductor. Recorded in London in 1956. Transferred from the original Angel stereo LP S 35417 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Faure, Starker, Cello, Philharmonia, Susskind
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by Maurice Ravel
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Maurice Ravel Plays Ravel. Maurice Ravel, piano. The fidelity of this recording derives from the Duo-Art piano recording mechanism which allowed for capture and playback of the actual performance with all its nuances. Recorded circa 1925 and played back on a Steinway Duo-Art piano for this 1966 Everest recording. Everest Stereo X-912. Transfer by Bob Varney.
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Topics: Ravel, piano, Everest, Duo-Art
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by Pearl Bailey
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The One And Only Pearl Bailey Sings. Pearl Bailey (1918-1990), vocals, with the orchestra conducted by Don Redman. Recorded in 1956. Transfer from the original Mercury mono LP MG 20187 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Bailey, Redman, Mercury
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by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
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Newport 1958 - The Dave Brubeck Quartet. Recorded live at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Bass – Joe Benjamin , Drums – Joe Morello , Piano – Dave Brubeck , Saxophone – Paul Desmond . Transfer from the original Columbia mono LP CL 1249 by Bob Varney.  
Topics: Newport, Brubeck, Desmond, Morello, Benjamin, Columbia, Jazz
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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Violin Concerto No.1, Op.99 by Dimitri Shostakovich. The Philharmonic Symphony of New York (The New York Philharmonic) conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos. David Oistrakh, violin.Oistrakh gave the premier performance of this work in October, 1955 in Leningrad. Just over two months later, he made this premier recording in Carnegie Hall on January 2, 1956. Transfer from the original mono Columbia Materworks LP ML 5077 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Oistrakh, Mitropoulos, violin, concerto
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by Modest Mussorgsky
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Pictures At An Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881). Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989), piano. (Edited by Mr. Horowitz.) Recorded in Carnegie Hall, NYC on April 23, 1951, but not released until 1959. (A 1947 recording by Mr. Horowitz is also available in the Archive.) Transfer from the original RCA Red Seal mono LP LM-2357 by Bob Varney. 
Topics: Mussorgsky, Horowitz, Pictures
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by Dmitri Shostakovich
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Symphony No. 5, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960) conducting the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York (the New York Philharmonic). Recorded December 1, 1952 at the 30th St. Studios in New York City. Originally issued in 1953 as Columbia mono LP ML 4739. This transfer comes from the subsequent reissue P 14185 (Columbia Special Products). What's special (not) is that has been re-recorded to simulate stereo. Transfer by Bob Varney.
Topics: Shostakovich, Symphony, Mitroploulos, Columbia, New York Philharmonic
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by Hector Berlioz
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Symphonie Fantastique, Op.14 by Hector Berlioz (1803-1869). Charles Munch (1891-1968) conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in Boston in 1955. Transfer from the original RCA Victor Red Seal mono LP LM-1900 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Fantastique, Berlioz, Munch, Boston, RCA
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 138 (1970) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1975, this was the first recording in what would become the first complete recording of all 15 quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo LP...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Charles Ives
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Symphony No. 4 by Charles Ives (1874-1954). The American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977). Associate conductors: David Katz and Jose Serebrier. Members of the Schola Cantorum of New York, Hugh Ross, director. Ives composed this work in 1916, around the time Stokowski made his first acoustic recordings. Fifty years later, Stokowski conducted the premier performance of the symphony in 1965 and followed with this premier recording the same year. Transfer from the...
Topics: Ives, Stokowski, Symphony, Columbia
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by Sergei Prokofiev
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Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19 by Sergei Prokofiev. Itzhak Perlman, violin with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Genady Rozhdestvensky. Recorded in London in 1982. A digital recording. Transfer from the original EMI Angel LP DS-37800 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Violin, Concerto, Prokofiev, Perlman, Rozhdestvensky
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by Lionel Hampton
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Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra 1948. Lionel Hampton with his big band including Fats Navarro, Benny Bailey, Charlie Mingus, Milt Buckner, Teddy Buckner, Johnny Board, Wes Montgomery, Leo "The Whistler" Shepard, Johnny Sparrow and others. Recorded at various venues across the US in 1948. The audio quality is generally not very good as the Alamac Record Company pulled these tracks from a variety of sources, including air checks and bootlegged recordings. Shady origins or not, it's...
Topics: Lionel Hampton, Navarro, Bailey, Mingus, Buckner, Montgomery, Shepard, Sparrow, Jazz
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by Sergei Prokofiev
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The Ugly Duckling, Op.18 by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953). Regina Resnik, soprano with Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the Stadium Symphony of New York (the New York Philharmonic). Recorded in New York City in 1959 using Everest Records' technique of using 35 mm film stock as a recording medium. Transfer from the original Everest Records stereo LP 3108 by Bob Varney.  
Topics: Prokofiev, Stokowski, Everest, Resnik
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 6 in G major, Op. 107 (1956) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. Released in 1978. The Fitzwilliam Quartet was the first group to record all 15 of Shostakovich's string quartets. The recording project won many awards and, in 2005, Gramophone magazine named it among the 100 Greatest Recordings. Transfer from the original L'Oiseau-Lyre stereo LP DSLO 29 by...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by McPartland, Wilson, Larkins & Hines
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Concert in Argentina: Marian McPartland (1918-2013), piano; Teddy Wilson (1912-1986), piano; Ellis Larkins (1923-2002), piano; Earl "Fatha" Hines (1903-1983), piano. These four jazz piano giants toured South America in 1974. The concert in Argentina was recorded and issued as a double album. Recorded in Buenos Aires in November, 1974. Transfer from the Halcyon stereo LP set HAL 113 by Bob Varney. Side 1:   Marian McPartland         Rockin In Rhythm             Time...
Topics: McPartland, Larkins, Ellis, Hines, Jazz, Piano
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by Olivier Messiaen
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L'Ascension by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London on June 22-23, 1970. Transfer from the London Phase 4 Stereo Concert Series LP SPC 21060 by Bob Varney. The full titles for the movements are: 1. Majesty of Christ beseeching His Glory of the Father 2. Serene Allelulias of a Soul yearning for Heaven 3. Allelulias on the Trumpets, Allelulias on the Cymbals 4. Prayer of Christ ascending to the...
Topics: Messiiaen, L'Ascension, Stokowski, London
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by Sergei Prokofiev
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Cinderella Ballet Suite by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953). Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) conducting the Stadium Symphony of New York (the New York Philharmonic). Movements: 1) Fairy of Spring and Fairy of Summer 2) Cinderella Goes to the Ball 3) Cinderella at the Castle 4) Cinderella and the Prince 5) Cinderella's Waltz-Midnight 6) Apotheosis - Finale Recorded in New York City in 1959 using Everest Records' technique of using 35 mm film stock as a recording medium. Transfer from the original...
Topics: Prokofiev, Cinderella, Stokowski, Everest
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by Tchaikovsky
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Romeo & Juliet Overture - Fantasy by Tchaikovsky. Originally composed in 1870, a final third version premiered in 1886 after revisions. Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957)  leading the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Recorded April 8, 1946 in Carnegie Hall, New York City. Transfer from the original RCA Victor 78 set DM-1178 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Tchaikovsky, Romeo, Juliet, Toscanini, 78
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by Erroll Garner
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Best of Garner. Erroll Garner, piano. A compilation disc of works by this fine jazz pianist. No information is given on when and where these tracks were recorded. Issued in 1963. A little note if you are a Michigan native: a tiny tag in the upper corner on the back of the record jacket indicates that it was purchased at the Hudson's store in downtown Detroit. Transfer from the original mono Mercury LP MG 20803 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Garner, piano, jazz, Mercury
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by Sergei Prokofiev
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Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.63 by Sergei Prokofiev. Itzhak Perlman, violin with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Genady Rozhdestvensky. Recorded in London in 1982. A digital recording. Transfer from the original EMI Angel LP DS-37800 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Violin, Concerto, Prokofiev, Perlman, BBC, EMI
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by Mily Balakirev
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Symphony No.1 in C Major by Mily Balakirev (1837-1910). Sir Thomas Beecham conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded in London in 1957, This appears to be the first LP recording of this work. Transfer from the original Angel LP 35399 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Balakirev, Beecham, Royal Philharmonic, Symphony, Angel
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by Lionel Hampton
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Lionel Hampton and His Jazz Giants 77. Lionel Hampton (vibes, drums and vocals), Cat Anderson (trumpet), Eddie Chamblee (tenor and alto sax), Paul Moen (tenor sax), Milt Buckner (organ), Billy Mackel (guitar), Barry Smith (bass), Frankie Dunlap (drums - except cuts 1 and 4). Recorded in Toulouse, France at the Condorcet Studio May 15, 1977. Transfer from the original Classic Jazz stereo LP 136 (Black and Blue 33107 for France) by Bob Varney.  
Topics: Hampton, jazz
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by Jules Massenet
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Ballet music from the 1885 opera Le Cid by Jules Massenet (1842-1912). Robert Irving (1913-1991) conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Robert Irving was a well regarded 20th century conductor of ballet music. Transfer from the original circa 1953 mono London LP LL 651 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Ballet, Le Cid, Massenet, Irving, London
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by Dimitri Shostakovich
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String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 (1960) by Dimitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The Fitzwilliam String Quartet: Christopher Nowland and Jonathan Sparey, violins; Alan George, Viola; Ioan Davies, Cello. In five interconnected movements: Largo Allegro molto Allegretto Largo Largo Released in 1976, Shostakovich assisted in the production of this recording before his death in 1975. The Fitzwilliams went on to provide the first complete recording of all 15 quartets. The recording project won...
Topics: Shostakovich, Fitzwilliam, Quartet, Fitzwilliam, quartet
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by Gerry Mulligan
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Mainstream of Jazz. The Gerry Mulligan Sextet. Gerry Mulligan, baritone sax, Zoot Sims, tenor sax, Jon Eardley and Don Ferrara, trumpet on various cuts, Bobby Brookmeyer, trombone, Bill Crow, bass, and Dave Bailey, drums. Recorded on various dates in 1955 and 1956 in New York City. Transfer from the EmArcy (division of Mercury) mono LP MG 36101 by Bob Varney.
Topics: Mulligan, Sextet, EmArcy, Mercury, Jazz